FEDERAL executive council, FEC, yesterday, approved a total of N39.771billion for various road maintenance contracts and erosion/pollution control in different parts of the country.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the 26th virtual FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

Fashola said that the contracts were approved, from a memorandum he presented on behalf of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, three in all, are part of the 191 road repairs it has to undertake in the 2020 Budget.

“The memorandum we presented today was on behalf of FERMA. FERMA is the parastatal of the Ministry of Works and Housing responsible for maintenance of federal roads.

“During the meetings of the Economic Sustainability Committee set up to manage the impact of Covid, one of the responsibilities of FERMA is to execute extensive labour works on road repairs and the budget of 2020 was then amended to deal with Covid impact.

“As a result of that, FERMA then had a total of 191 road repairs, road rehabilitation, road intervention projects nationwide. 92 of those projects have been awarded by FERMA at its threshold level. 89 of them have been approved by the ministry at the ministerial tender’s board threshold level.

“So, all of those projects are now being issued letters of award, mobilization, and others. Now, there are 10 that require coming to the federal executive council because of their financial threshold level. Out of those 10 projects, three were presented today.

“So, those three presented and approved by council today was for Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe State for N14.528billion to MotherCat, the link road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State for N991.851million, and Mamabu Donga Local Government Area road in Taraba South Local Government Area of Taraba State to Wishchina Engineering Limited for N6.397billion,” he said.